Teaneck—A kosher Dunkin’ Donuts has been a part of the local kosher food scenery since 1996, when Mirek Musial first established the eatery as a kosher establishment in The Plaza, a strip-mall anchored by Walgreens on Teaneck Road.
Because of excellent sales figures in Musial’s first kosher Dunkin’ Donuts store, in Elizabeth, NJ, he reasoned that the success would translate to Teaneck, another town with a large Jewish population. Musial was right. Teaneck’s kosher Dunkin’ Donuts has been open and thriving for the past 18 years.
Agnieszka Blandadudacyzk has a long history with Dunkin’ Donuts. She has been a manager at the Teaneck store since 2005. Approximately two years ago, she bought into the store and is now co-owner of the establishment.
Though neither of the owners is Jewish, they haven’t had trouble keeping kosher; Blandadudacyzk says that their mashgiach “comes around and looks at everything. He checks all the new products from Dunkin’ Donuts to make sure that they’re all kosher.” The mashgiach comes in three times a week, she added.
Blandadudacyzk was asked if there were plans to expand by establishing a drive-thru window at the store: “It’s impossible to have a drive-thru here,” she said about their current location. However, “we are thinking about buying another location like a gas station.” They are looking for available space in Teaneck, she said.
Blandadudacyzk said that another plan in the works is a partnership like one in many other Dunkin’ Donuts franchises. She and Musial are looking for a Baskin Robbins ice cream franchise with which to partner.
Until then, it looks like we will all have to continue to get a little exercise in order to get our sugar and caffeine fix.
Sushi Kaplan is a JLBC intern, an incoming sophomore at Frisch, and a huge sports fan. Check out his sports blog at sushionsports.wordpress.com.
Benjy Kleiner is a JLBC intern, an incoming junior at TABC, and a longtime volunteer for Black Box Studios.
By Sushi Kaplan and Benjy Kleiner